A couple of weekends ago I went up to Leicester for the first time ever to attend the East Mids Meetup, a blogger meet for those of us from the East Midlands. Organised by the wonderful Emmie from Carpe Diem Emmie along with Kirstie, Kirsty and Lianne, the event was held at Manhattan 34, a great little cocktail bar serving all sorts of alcoholic and non-alcoholic concoctions.
On entry, we were all handed a small slip of paper with a fact on it for the ever-dreaded icebreaker which, as it turns out, wasn’t as terrifying as we had all expected. We had to pair our fact with the blogger it described, meaning everyone got talking to each other which was a great idea and made a nice difference to other events I’ve attended in the past.
Spotted through the event at good intervals were talks from Gabby from CoolAsLeicester, who gave us some great tips on PR, working with brands, and the dos and don’ts of what to do to market your blog. The Blogosphere Magazine ladies also gave a talk about their venture into print, a magazine by bloggers, for bloggers. I had heard about Blogosphere Magazine before but had never been particularly interested in finding out what it is, but I had a flick through the Fun For Louis edition while I was there and am thinking about signing up for a digital subscription!
The brands in attendance included Rothley Wine Estate, a local vineyard, who greeted us with a lovely glass of sparkling rosé, Danique Hair and Angel Eyes offering hair styling and eyelash extensions (which I am gutted I didn’t partake in because they were gorgeous!), and Bru Coffee & Gelato who brought along some divine sweet treats to keep us all fuelled with sugar for the afternoon. There was also a raffle in aid of Bowel Cancer UK and Rainbows Hospice which I, unfortunately, did not win, but had a giggle cheering for the winners as they walked up to collect their prizes.
Throughout the afternoon we were treated to the vocal delights of local singer and performer Becky Bruce, and had the chance to win a mojito by finding a lime…which I did! Possibly the most exciting part of the afternoon – who knew I would be so happy to find a piece of fruit on top of a photo frame!
The whole event was so well organised with good timings and a great variety of things to do. The atmosphere was relaxed but fun, and the whole thing was topped off by an amazing not one, but two goody bags containing a wonderful array of things for us to try out! My favourites were the drinks jar and home decorations from Matalan and the face primer from Witch, which I had already been using (and loving!).
I had a great afternoon out and got to meet a whole new bunch of wonderful bloggers, namely Shani from Shani Coles, Sarah from Sarah Deluxe and a whole load of other fabulous ladies that you can find if you go over to my Twitter. Thank you so much to all the organisers for such a good event and Manhattan 34 for hosting our madness and letting us take all the photos we wanted!